A 43-year-old woman, Kim Schmidt, was pronounced dead when found floating in like Winneconne during the swimming portion of a triathlon in Winnebago County, Wisconsin. Kim was taking part in her first outdoor triathlon when the accident occurred.
Coaches recommend swimming in open waters, not just local or indoor lap pools, in order to prepare properly for race conditions. Waves and the added difficulty of people climbing over you can cause certain competitors to freeze up or panic causing lack of oxygen into their lungs.
Some athletes push for more regulations of swimmers and a rigorous test. Perhaps this may prevent future incidents of injury or death amongst triathletes in open water swims.
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